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HEMP PLASTIC: Michigan farmers experimenting with hemp this year are eyeing new markets beyond rope and clothing that could include products that replace building materials like wood and plastic. But there are technological and regulatory hurdles to overcome before they can fully exploit production of a plant that is related to marijuana, but has far less of the substance used to treat illness or make you high. We talk to experts at Northern Michigan University, Michigan Farm Bureau and a trade association. By Evan Jones. FOR MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, CORP! GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
FISHART: How are fish and people alike? Two Michigan State University scientists are using an artistic flair to show the striking similarities at early points in their development. They do it by staining cells or by revealing pigments that are already there. “We want to show that images taken in our research can be beautiful and cool,” on researcher said. “And we hope that the artwork might trigger people’s curiosity about science and inspire them to figure it out.” By Weiting Du. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS
W/ NEURON NETWORK: The neuron network of a zebrafish’s gut shows the enteric nervous system. Credit: Ganz Lab.
W/ DIVERSE CELLS: Diversity of cell types in the zebrafish gut. Credit: Ganz Lab.
W/ MOUTH OF GAR: The mouth of gar fish larva. Image: Braasch Lab.
W/MELANIN PIGMENT: Melanin pigment variation in zebrafish larvae. Credit: Braasch Lab.
W/LARVAL GARFISH WITH MELANIN REMOVED: Larval garfish with Melanin pigment removed. Credit: Braasch Lab.
EAT HEALTHY: Families with young children who eat family-style meals together sitting at the table with the TV off are more likely to have healthy diets than those who don’t, according to a new U-M study done in Southeast and South-Central Michigan. Benefits include lower risk of obesity and healthier eating habits. The results may be useful in improving nutritional education for parents. We talk to a study author, the Michigan League for Public Policy and MSU Extension. By Eric Freedman. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, LAKE COUNTY, CLARE, MARQUETTE, BIG RAPIDS, LUDINGTON, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.
W/EAT HEALTHY TABLE: Counties with the highest proportion of children 5 and younger in the Michigan Food Assistance Program: Wayne, Lake, Saginaw, Genesee, Iosco, Roscommon, Muskegon, Gogebic, Ogemaw, Clare. Source: 2019 Kids Count.
Editors: You can localize for your own counties at https://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/1732-children-ages-0-5-receiving-fap?loc=24&loct=2#ranking/5/any/true/37/any/13154
ACTIVIST ARTIST: Antonio Rafael once scaled a water tower to paint “Free the water” on it. Today, the Detroit activist is a farmer, artist and educator who teaches children to connect with and protect nature. By Tasia Bass FOR ALL POINTS.
W/ACTIVIST PHOTO: Antonio Rafael, bottom left, is creating the next generation of environmental activists. Credit: Antonio Rafael